Blue Collar Leadership

133 EpisodesProduced by Mack Story

Leadership development for everyone in the blue collar workforce, those who support them, and those who lead them. Leadership is influence. Influence is built daily, not in a day.There are two types of influence: 1) Artificial influence which comes with a title, position, or rank and is reserved for… read more

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130: Squint with Your Ears: Listen with the Intent to Understand

July 12th, 2019

24:23

Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team's Potential (Part 12 of 30)

In this episode, Mack will help you understand the importance …

129: Moving Beyond Communication: The Best Leaders Intentionally Connect

July 5th, 2019

23:09

Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team's Potential (Part 11 of 30)

Managers of people (low impact leaders) communicate. However, …

123: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 3 of 3)

May 29th, 2019

29:55

I'm excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins.

Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was …

121: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 2 of 3)

May 22nd, 2019

29:59

I'm excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins.

Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was …

119: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 1 of 3)

May 15th, 2019

29:25

I'm excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins.
Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was …

118: Climbing the Leadership Mountain

May 10th, 2019

14:19
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team's Potential (Part 3 of 30) In this episode, Mack asks, "You've been given a leadership positio

117: Daniel Ross Interview (Bonus Session Part 4)

May 9th, 2019

29:07

Part 4 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal …

116: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 3 of 3)

May 8th, 2019

29:56

Part 3 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal …

115: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 2 of 3)

May 7th, 2019

28:29

Part 2 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal …

114: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 1 of 3)

May 6th, 2019

28:01

Meet Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal growth and …

113: Demystifying Leadership: Moving Beyond Management & Supervision

May 3rd, 2019

17:48
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team's Potential (Part 2 of 30) In this episode, Mack sets the stage for the episodes to come by sh

110: Leadership Development is the Key to Transformation

April 12th, 2019

25:54

In this episode, Mack will discuss the importance of leadership development, The Transformation Equation, the event versus the process, and he will …

109: The 3 Dilemmas: Engagement, Retention, Turnover

April 5th, 2019

18:48

Many organizations face three major dilemmas: engagement, retention, and turnover. These three dilemmas make it hard to be competitive. The only reason a company experiencing these three dilemmas can compete with others …

108: 7 signs it's time to promote your boss.

March 29th, 2019

15:37

In this episode, Mack will share 7 signs that indicate it's time for you to promote your boss. It doesn't mean give them a raise or a new title or position. You can't promote your boss in that way. However, you can …

107: 7 signs it's time to fire your boss.

March 22nd, 2019

23:22

In this episode, Mack shares 7 signs that indicate it's time to consider firing your boss. Yes! You can fire your boss. Mack has done it. How do you do it? You quit and hire a new boss. Just as you can be hired and …

106: 5 reasons leaders won't remove low performers.

March 19th, 2019

19:41

In this episode, I'll share 5 reasons why low impact leaders won't remove weak, low impact, toxic players from their teams. Toxic team members …

105: Why should you acknowledge your weaknesses?

March 16th, 2019

12:28

In this episode, I share why it's important to acknowledge our weaknesses. I'll be sharing a story about the time I was in Guatemala with John Maxwell and an executive asked me, "If I tell my team my weaknesses, won't …

104: Are you under construction? You should be!

March 13th, 2019

9:57

If we're on a journey to climb to the next level and beyond, we'll always be under construction. What do I mean? We should always be focused on …

103: A turnover problem below indicates a leadership problem above.

March 10th, 2019

8:35

Turnover has always happened and will always happen. However, excessive turnover is a symptom of a problem, not the problem. The root cause of a turnover problem below is a leadership problem above.

102: Everyone is a leader, a follower, and a manager.

March 7th, 2019

8:56

There's no need to keep trying to decide if you are a leader, a follower, or a manager. You are all three all the time. You are constantly leading …

101: Do you know what's worse than training people and having them leave?

March 4th, 2019

7:58

When conducting leadership development training at organizations that haven't done anything like this in the past, I'm often asked by concerned …

100: Silent gratitude isn't much good to anyone.

March 1st, 2019

25:14

Are you leveraging gratitude to build trust with others which increases your influence with others? Henry Frederic Amiel stated, "Thankfulness is the …

99: Discover the "Two Types of Competition"

February 26th, 2019

10:10

There are two types of competition. Everyone is familiar with one type: those who are trying to steal your customers. However, most people overlook the second type: those who are trying to steal your people. In this …

98: I hate the term "brown-nosing"...let me tell you why.

February 23rd, 2019

8:09

High impact players who are making things happen at work are often ridiculed by their teammates. Those doing the ridiculing are insecure and …

97.1: Are you actively using LinkedIn? You should be!

February 20th, 2019

18:25

(Note: This is a second attempt to release this episode across all platforms. It was limited the first time as episode 96 for unknown reasons.)

In …

97: Don't let average people keep you average.

February 20th, 2019

10:39

Average is a relative term. In this case, it means those people you hang around and associate with by choice. Average people want to keep us average. Only exceptional people want to and are capable of helping us climb …

96: Are you actively using LinkedIn? You should be!

February 17th, 2019

18:25

In this episode, I'll share "why" and "how" you should be using LinkedIn to grow your professional network and advance your career to the next level …

95: Discover the 5 Foundational Components of Transformational Leadership

February 14th, 2019

20:08

In this episode, I'll share The Transformation Equation with you. You'll discover the 5 Foundational Components of Transformational Leadership. Organizational transformation is about attaining long-term, positive, and …

94: If you won't bet on yourself, why should anyone else?

February 11th, 2019

6:57

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 30 of 30. You must bet on yourself. Living intentionally leads to amazing results. Living …

93: If you won't invest in yourself, why should anyone else?

February 8th, 2019

18:24

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 29 of 30. Develop yourself intentionally. Growth doesn't just happen. You must be …

92: Working hard doesn't guarantee success, and hope isn't a strategy.

February 5th, 2019

11:47

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 28 of 30. Stretch yourself intentionally because all of your growth happens outside your …

91: When you pay attention to the details, people will pay attention to you.

February 2nd, 2019

11:55

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 27 of 30. Do it better than expected. Doing things better than expected increases your …

90: The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

January 30th, 2019

12:19

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 26 of 30. Do it better than expected. Doing things sooner than expected increases your …

89: Never mistake effort and intentions for results.

January 27th, 2019

12:11

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 25 of 30. Do more than expected. Doing more than expected increases your influence; doing …

88: Everyone remembers the first to help, few remember the second.

January 24th, 2019

11:58

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 24 of 30. Helping others always helps you. If you want to increase your influence, always …

87: If you're not familiar with abundance and scarcity, this episode is for you.

January 21st, 2019

11:45

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 23 of 30. Helping others succeed ensures you will succeed. There's enough for everyone. …

86: Don't accept responsibility; take responsibility.

January 18th, 2019

12:47

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 22 of 30. Ask for more responsibility. When you accept more responsibility, you will gain …

85: Be confident but not cocky.

January 15th, 2019

9:42

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 21 of 30. Think of yourself less. There's a fine line between arrogance and confidence. …

84: Be prepared to listen, and listen to be prepared.

January 12th, 2019

9:35

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 20 of 30. Seek first to understand. You will always learn more from listening than from …

83: 5 ways high impact followers increase their influence.

January 9th, 2019

12:27

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 19 of 30. Followers choose leaders. A low impact follower does less than expected alone. A …

82: Positions are overrated...if you can't lead without a position, you won't lead with a position.

January 6th, 2019

14:28

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 18 of 30. Bosses make things happen with people who have to help them. Leaders make things …

81: Discover the difference between a boss and a leader.

January 3rd, 2019

17:35

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 17 of 30. Leaders always have followers. If others aren't following because they want to, …

80: You can't get to the top of the mountain with base camp character.

December 31st, 2018

15:59

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 16 of 30. Character trumps competency. What you know matters. But, who you are matters …

79: Who you are on the inside is what others see, feel, and experience on the outside.

December 28th, 2018

12:44

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 15 of 30. Character counts, and it counts A LOT! Your character will either limit you like …

78: Those who like you the most are the most like you.

December 25th, 2018

12:04

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 14 of 30. We attract who we are. Then, if we don't become intentional about growth and …

77: Courage allows average people to achieve exceptional results.

December 22nd, 2018

11:39

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 13 of 30. Courage is contagious. As Anais Nin stated, "Life shrinks or expands in …

76: You can't predict your future, but you can create your future.

December 19th, 2018

19:32

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 12 of 30. The future is in you now. If you don't choose your future, someone else will. We …

75: If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

December 16th, 2018

25:46

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 11 of 30. The power of the pause button. Between stimulus and response, we all have the …

74: The face you see least is your own.

December 13th, 2018

12:25

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 10 of 30. Focus on the mirror. The face you see least is your own. Earl Nightingale said it …

73: You should always be grateful but never satisfied.

December 10th, 2018

13:47

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 9 of 30. Your potential is unlimited. You should always be grateful but never satisfied. …

72: You're always teaching what you're modeling, regardless of what you're teaching.

December 7th, 2018

18:30

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 8 of 30. The question isn't, "Are you a role model?" but rather, "What kind of role model …

71: Discover the secret to your success.

December 4th, 2018

12:30

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 7 of 30. Who do you work for? Notice, I didn't ask, "Where do you work?" or "Who pays you …

70: You don't have to be sick to get better.

December 1st, 2018

16:37

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 6 of 30. Are you intentionally doing something everyday to get better? You should be. If …

69: There is an "I" in Team!

November 28th, 2018

14:13

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 5 of 30. Every team is made up of "I"ndividuals. To grow and develop a high performance …

68: Common sense isn't always common practice.

November 25th, 2018

15:02

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 4 of 30. Common sense is never enough. Often, you must also have uncommon sense to do what …

67: You're exactly where you're supposed to be, but not where you have to be.

November 22nd, 2018

11:00

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 3 of 30. You're in the perfect place to begin climbing to the next level and beyond. …

66.1: It's been 4 months since I started this podcast. Thank you for listening!

November 19th, 2018

5:05

I started the Blue-Collar Leadership Podcast on July 19, 2018. 4 months later, thanks to you, the episodes have been played 5,299 times averaging …

66: Believing in others helps them believe in themselves.

November 19th, 2018

17:06

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 2 of 30. Motivation comes from the outside, but inspiration comes from the inside. When …

65: Intro to Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines.

November 16th, 2018

21:18

Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 1 of 30: I wish someone would had given me a copy of Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from …

64: Discover the Why, How, & What of Leadership

November 13th, 2018

19:49

In this episode, I take the "Golden Circle" principle I learned from Simon Sinek and wrap leadership around it. You'll learn "Why" leadership is …

63: If you'll invest in your blue-collar workforce, so will I.

November 10th, 2018

12:33

"Special Offer" for blue-collar organizations. What I will do for you…

62: The organizational chart reveals management not leadership.

November 7th, 2018

11:34

Many make the mistake of believing the organizational chart reveals who the leaders in an organization are. The organizational chart reveals who the managers are. Those on the chart may or may not be high impact leaders …

61: Manager vs Leader (Speed)

November 4th, 2018

12:11

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 17 of 17. Managers of people go fast to go slow. Leaders of people go slow to go fast. Leaders of people take the time it takes, so it takes less time.

60: Manager vs Leader (Responsibility)

November 1st, 2018

11:14

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 16 of 17. Managers of people transfer responsibility, blame others, and create distrust among their team. Leaders of people take responsibility, blame themselves, and build …

59: Manager vs Leader (Comfort Zone)

October 29th, 2018

10:35

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 15 of 17. All of our growth happens outside of our comfort zone. Managers of people seek to remain in their comfort zone while leaders of people seek to move beyond their …

58: Manager vs Leader (Direction)

October 26th, 2018

8:24

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 14 of 17. Managers of people want to travel existing roads where everything is familiar. Their goal is to maintain the status quo. Leaders of people want to explore and …

57: Manager vs Leader (Blame)

October 23rd, 2018

11:40

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 13 of 17. When things go wrong, managers of people are quick to "look out the window" for someone to blame and create distrust with others. However, when things go wrong, …

56: Manager vs Leader (Credit)

October 20th, 2018

9:51

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 12 of 17. Managers of people look for opportunities to take the credit and create distrust with others. Leaders of people look for opportunities to give credit to others and …

55: Manager vs Leader (Growth)

October 17th, 2018

9:42

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 11 of 17. Managers of people grow slowly and accidentally while avoiding growth beyond what is required. Leaders of people grow quickly and intentionally while growing far …

54: Manager vs Leader (Concern)

October 14th, 2018

12:11

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 10 of 17. Managers of people are concerned with being right and allow their pride and ego to guide them. Leaders of people are concerned with doing what is right and allow …

53: Manager vs Leader (Conflict)

October 11th, 2018

8:30

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 9 of 17. Managers of people avoid conflict and hope it goes away without intervention. Leaders of people use conflict to strengthen relationships while growing and …

52: Manager vs Leader (Risk)

October 8th, 2018

11:15

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 8 of 17. Managers of people avoid risk and attempt to maintain the status quo. They don't rock the boat and don't want others rocking the boat. They seek comfort. Leaders of …

51: Manager vs Leader (Energy Source)

October 5th, 2018

9:45

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 7 of 17. Managers of people thrive on controlling people and attempt to manipulate their team. Leaders …

50: Manager vs Leader (Decision Making)

October 2nd, 2018

9:51

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 6 of 17. Managers of people focus on making decisions. Leaders of people focus on facilitating decision making. A totally different mindset always leads to totally different …

49: Manager vs Leader (Power)

September 29th, 2018

10:30

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 5 of 17. Managers of people get their power from the "rights" that come with their position, title, or rank. Leaders of people get their power not from formal authority, but …

48: Manager vs Leader (Others)

September 26th, 2018

7:42

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 4 of 17. Managers believe others are there to help them accomplish their mission. Therefore, managers …

47: Manager vs Leader (Self/Role)

September 23rd, 2018

11:42

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 3 of 17. When it comes to looking in the mirror, managers of people see themselves one way while leaders of people see themselves a total different way. They believe they …

46: Manager vs Leader (Change)

September 20th, 2018

7:44

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 2 of 17. When it comes to change, managers of people have a very different perspective than leaders of people. Managers of people avoid change and seek to maintain the …

45: Manager vs Leader (Vision)

September 17th, 2018

10:58

Managing People vs Leading People series Part 1 of 17. Relative to vision, managers of people have a different perspective than leaders of people. Managers focus on the short term. Leaders focus on the long term.

44: It's not the millennials. It's the leaders!

September 14th, 2018

23:21

I find it interesting that the only people I hear complaining about millennials are low impact leaders. I've never heard a high impact leader complain about millennials. Why? High impact leaders don't have a problem …

43: Discover the 5 Types of Leaders

September 11th, 2018

18:39

Discover the traits of the 5 Types of Blue-Collar Leaders: Managerial, Relational, Motivational, Inspirational, and Transformational. I first wrote …

42: Bosses have workers. Leaders have followers.

September 8th, 2018

13:15

It's my pleasure to share some wisdom from my personal friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins. Jimmy retired as President and COO of Chick-fil-A in 2001 …

41: Management & Manipulation vs. Leadership & Stewardship.

September 5th, 2018

14:32

In this episode, I share a great quote related to "Managing vs. Leading" by Bob Chapman who is the CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and author of Everybody Matters. He is the best example of a high impact leader at the CEO level …

40: One of those times when I let my team down.

September 2nd, 2018

10:43

A little over 10 years ago, I was leading a process improvement (kaizen) team. The goal was to clean, paint, and organize a large area in our manufacturing plant. One of my responsibilities as the team leader was to …

39: Two great lessons that I learned from my co-worker.

August 30th, 2018

7:08

Leadership is more caught than taught. The two lessons I share with you in this episode were not taught to me. They were modeled for me by a fellow front line, entry-level team member in 1995. He modeled giving credit …

38: What you think about is more important than what I say.

August 27th, 2018

8:25

What you think about and the action that flows from your thoughts are far more important than anything you will read or hear. When you hear or see something that makes you think at a deeper level, don't just nod your …

37: 7 Problems Insecure Leaders Cause

August 24th, 2018

10:48

Secure leaders eliminate problems. Insecure leaders cause problems. To better understand secure leaders, let's look at 7 Problems Insecure Leaders Cause.

36: Overview of the 10 Elements of Transformation

August 23rd, 2018

13:16

Discover the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self.

35: Increasing your influence increases your options.

August 22nd, 2018

11:07

Introduction to my book, Defining Influence: Increasing your influence increases your options. Ria and I just finished up two 1/2 day workshops on this book with the US Navy in San Diego, CA. This episode is an overview …

34: Focus on the leaders.

August 21st, 2018

7:54

Where do high impact leaders invest most of their time and energy? With low performers? Or, with high performers? And most importantly, why?

33: Introduction to "MAXIMIZE Your Potential"

August 20th, 2018

6:47

Ria and I had a great time today in San Diego, CA supporting the US Navy with two workshops on my book, "MAXIMIZE Your Potential."

32: San Diego bound to conduct 10 workshops for the US Navy!

August 19th, 2018

7:32

Ria and I are excited to be heading to San Diego today to serve those who are serving us. We'll be conducting 10 1/2 day workshops for the U.S. Navy. When leaders are willing to invest in their team, we are willing to …

31: Are you going to settle for success? I hope not!

August 18th, 2018

25:48

There's something far greater than success. What is it? It's significance. Success is about me. Significance is about we. Only successful people can …

30: Discover when to work on your strengths and weaknesses.

August 17th, 2018

7:46

When it comes to climbing to the next level and beyond, you should focus on developing your strengths in the area of competency and developing your …

29: The difference between a practice and a principle.

August 16th, 2018

12:09

Knowing the difference between a practice and a principle is critical to personal development and to process improvement. When you hear someone say, "That won't work here," you know they're talking about the practice …

28: 3 simple tips to help you advance to the next level.

August 15th, 2018

9:18

Wake up! The world isn't holding you back. You are. The sooner you figure this out, the sooner you'll reach the next level. 3 simple tips that will …

27: Are you unlucky? I'll help you learn to be lucky.

August 14th, 2018

7:31

I've heard it said many times, "Luck is where preparation intersects opportunity." I agree. If you want to be lucky, prepare yourself for the opportunities you want. We make our own luck by being prepared.

26: One way to stand out when applying for a new job.

August 13th, 2018

14:18

Who is going to get the job you want? The person with the most influence. Not sometime, every time. Learn how to get someone to actually look at your resume/application when applying for a job internally or externally.

25: There's more to getting ahead than doing a great job.

August 12th, 2018

11:42

When it comes to launching yourself and your career, what you do at work is important; but what you do after work is more important.

24: The opportunity you want is waiting on you to show up.

August 11th, 2018

6:47

Too often, people who want a promotion, a better job, a different job, a better paying job, are simply going through the motions waiting for it to suddenly be given to them. That's not how it works. Someone will be …

23: Develop your mind or be controlled by those who do.

August 10th, 2018

7:44

Too many people are frustrated because they feel they are being controlled by others. However, we determine if others control us. It's pretty simple: …

22: Are you intentionally improving? Your competition is...

August 9th, 2018

10:22

What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 7) Are you intentionally focused on developing your character and your competency? I hope so because no one else is or ever will be. Personal development is an inside …

21: When there are differing opinions, don't compromise.

August 8th, 2018

11:56

What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 6) When there are differing opinions, too many people focus on compromising when they should be synergizing. …

20: I lost my son for 4 years; here's how I got him back.

August 7th, 2018

13:29

What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 5) The key to influencing others is to first allow them to influence you. As Stephen R. Covey said, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." It's okay to let others go …

19: Helping others win causes them to help you win.

August 6th, 2018

8:10

What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 4) Think Win-Win. Zig Ziglar said it best, "If you'll help people get what they want, they'll help you get what you want." The key is valuing helping other people win. Instead of …

18: There's no such thing as time management.

August 5th, 2018

12:50

What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 3 of 7). Once you know who you want to be and where you want to be, you must "Put First Things First" and manage yourself within time toward your goal. There's no such thing as …

17: Moving from where you are to where you want to be.

August 4th, 2018

8:19

What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 2 of 7). Who are you? Where are you? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be? If you know the answer to these questions, you'll discover there's a gap between the first two …

16: The most important principle I've ever learned.

August 3rd, 2018

12:00

What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 1 of 7). In this episode, I share the most important leadership principle I've ever learned. Learn what it means to "Be Proactive" instead of being reactive. Learn how and why you …

15: Introduction to the book that changed my life.

August 2nd, 2018

7:11

What I learned from the 7 Habits (Intro). The first leadership development/personal growth book I was introduced to happened to be the one that inspired me to transform myself and my life. 10 years later, I've read …

14: That time a front line guy wanted to cut my throat.

August 1st, 2018

20:07

Want to learn what made a front line factory worker I had never met say to me, "I want to cut your damn throat!" If so, take a listen. The short answer: poor leadership from above.

13: Motivation & Manipulation

July 31st, 2018

7:11

Intention is the foundation of trust. Just as we decide how we feel about others, they decide how they feel about us. If they feel we are attempting …

12: Character & Competency

July 30th, 2018

7:12

What is trust? Most people haven't really thought about it. When I ask my audiences this question, most often I get silence. Then, a few people will say things like honesty, dependability, confidence in others. That's …

11: Trust is the foundation of influence.

July 29th, 2018

6:33

The key to establishing authentic influence it to first establish trust. The more trust you have with others, the more influence you will have with them.

10: They don't speak English...

July 28th, 2018

7:42

Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence. Here's a story from the shop floor to illustrate just how important establishing …

9: Authentic Influence vs Artificial Influence

July 27th, 2018

6:24

Authentic influence is based on moral authority, your character. Artificial influence is based on formal authority, your position, title, rank, etc. Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence.

8: "Leadership is influence." ~ John C. Maxwell

July 26th, 2018

6:19

John C. Maxwell said it best, "Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less. Everything rises and falls on leadership." A few thoughts on one of the most important things I learned from John Maxwell.

7: If we won't invest in ourselves, why should someone else?

July 25th, 2018

6:47

A few simple thoughts about what it means to invest in yourself. If you're in the blue-collar workforce, odds are your employer will develop you to …

6: My Story from There to Here Part 5 of 5

July 24th, 2018

12:20

In this episode, I talk a little about passion, purpose, and sacrifice as I share a little about my transition from Lean Manufacturing/Process …

5.1: Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork is on now on audio.

July 24th, 2018

3:05

JUST RELEASED ON AUDIO: My newest book, Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork: 30 Traits of High Impact Players was just released on audio at …

5: My Story from There to Here Part 4 of 5

July 23rd, 2018

11:58

Learn how stepping away from the corporate world (my "J-O-B") to follow my passion for leading lean/process improvement teams created the space I …

4: My Story from There to Here Part 3 of 5

July 22nd, 2018

12:09

In Part 3, I share a little about the impact choosing to invest my time to earn a 4 year degree while working 6-7 days a week 10, 12, 14, and even 16 hours a day. However, it took me about 7-8 years to get that 4 year …

3: My Story from There to Here Part 2 of 5

July 21st, 2018

11:32

Learn a little about the beginning of my career at my second manufacturing plant where I started operating, band saws, CNC lathes, mills, drills, and gear shapers.

2: My Story from There to Here Part 1 of 5

July 20th, 2018

7:37

Learn how my blue-collar journey in manufacturing began in 1988.

1: The Blue-Collar Leadership Podcast is Coming Soon

July 19th, 2018

4:46

Mack Story introduces the Blue Collar Leadership podcast!

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